Matt Baker lived up to his nickname the last time he was in Vernon.
The Kamloops native, known in mixed martial arts (MMA) circles as The Riotmaker, finished off Vancouver’s Marcus Vinicios with a rear naked choke in a spirited light-heavyweight headliner at Battlefield Fight League 10 in August.
The 27-year-old will return to Wesbild Centre on Feb. 11 to take on veteran Andrew Buckland (14-8-1) in BFL 13’s main event. The winner earns the vacant middleweight championship.
Baker (7-2) is a member of Langley’s Revolution Fight Team. He has also ventured to Brazil to train with Team Nogueira Rio. The result has been a more well-rounded fight game and two consecutive submission wins.
Buckland, 30, holds more fights against high-level opposition than Baker, including bouts with Dan Hornbuckle, David Loiseau, John Alessio and Jordan Mein. Since joining Nanaimo’s Impact MMA he is on a 3-0 run.
In the co-main event, Graham Spencer will meet Mike Adams for the vacant BFL featherweight strap, while Canoe’s Ryan (The Grizz) Allen, who trains with the Shuswap-Vernon Gracie Barra Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Club, will battle champion Micah Brake for the amateur middleweight title. Allen has stopped his last two BFL opponents with strikes.
Other matchups include: Matt Dwyer vs. Ash Mashreghi; Gary Mangat vs. Dan Lin; Shawn Albrecht vs. Roy Bradshaw; Corey Tossof vs. Jordon Beecroft and Chad Belwood vs. Jose Cornejo.
Tickets are available online at www.ticketseller.ca, or at the Vernon Performing Arts Centre box office.